The Humans | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Humans Recommended New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 11 2018

When Stephen Karam's 90-minute one-act received its world premiere at Chicago's own American Theater Company three years ago, it had a quiet, elegiac edge. The thing that stuck with me about it wasn't the comedy, the cute setup (a Thanksgiving dinner, consumed in real time), or the litany of quotidian miseries suffered by the five characters, from career crises and colitis to broken hearts. It was Keith Kupferer's bearish patriarch, Erik Blake, sitting at a slight remove from his family, in a state of watchful, articulate contemplation. A lot's happened since then. The Humans has had several stagings, culminating in a Broadway run. Oh, and American political culture went completely mad. Directed by Joe Mantello, this Equity touring production is brittle in comparison to the original, Richard Thomas's Erik more querulous. Most important, the apartment setting is more ominous: its iffy wiring, gurgling pipes, and stomping upstairs neighbors now assume the aspect of a monster ready to chew up and spit out those inside. Here's a Humans for the moment. —Tony Adler

Price: $32-$147


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